COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 49

February 29, 2008

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

History and Social Science Standards of Learning Implementation Schedule

 

The Virginia Board of Education adopted the revised History and Social Science Standards of Learning at the January 10, 2008, meeting.

 

The Department of Education's goal is for full implementation of the newly revised History and Social Science Standards of Learning at all levels beginning in fall 2010. Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, school divisions should begin to:

        review and align history and social science curricula with the revised standards;

        review current resource materials and correlate them with the revised standards;

        develop new materials where needed; and

        provide staff development for teachers.

 

The History and Social Science Standards of Learning assessments will continue to be based on the 2001 History and Social Science Standards of Learning through the summer 2010 test administration. Field-test items on the spring 2010 History and Social Science Standards of Learning assessments will include the new content of the revised 2008 standards. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Standards of Learning assessments will be based upon the revised 2008 Standards.

 

Attachment A contains an integrated timeline of dates related to instruction, assessment, and textbook and instructional materials adoption.

 

For further information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social sciences, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-2893; or Betsy Barton, specialist, history and social sciences (K-5), Office of Elementary Instruction, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-3454.

 

Questions regarding assessment should be directed to the Office of Assessment Development, by e-mail at student_assessment@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-2918.

 

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a. Revised History and Social Science Standards of Learning Implementation Schedule 2008 2011 (PDF)